Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is one of many community engaged learning (CEL) programs available to students at Western. As a complement to undergraduate and graduate students’ classroom learning, community engaged learning activities – such as curricular courses, Western Serves Network, Orientation Serves,
Even though we have a number of experiences that take place in Canada, we consider them to be global experiences, due to the intercultural exchange involved within the group and community. International CEL or global service learning is an experience whereby students engage with community partners to provide service that contributes to
We strongly promote the importance of connecting with
Six Principles of Global Service Learning
Community partners identify needs in the community.
Individuals from different cultural backgrounds are able to interact, communicate, and learn from one another.
Participants are encouraged to explore how this experience will influence their lives, specifically their civic engagement, after the experience. Participants are encouraged to explore how people are connected, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, age, gender, religious background, political beliefs, and how can we ensure all human experiences are valued.
Participants are reflecting in a continuous, contextualized, challenging, connected and communicative way throughout the duration of the program.
Participants are given the opportunity to learn during every moment of the program; whether it is in a large or small scale fashion and regardless of the issue.
Participants are to be aware of the power and privilege that they hold, what it means to participate in a program like
The learning outcomes for the ASB program are:
- Demonstrate empathy and the ability to explore ideas, issues, and the world at large from viewpoints other than their own, through reflective practice, group discussions and program activities.
- Work under conditions of ambiguity or uncertainty by engaging with community partners, community members and working as a team.
- Apply disciplinary knowledge in order to research, reason and solve problems from a range of contexts relevant to practices in their disciplines.
- Develop their sense of civic engagement and social responsibility by participating in community work, locally and internationally, and describe it through reflective practice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of intercultural competence, sensitivity,
andhumility by completing pre-departure workshops, activities in OWL and the ASB Reflective Practice Workbook and participating in the one-week experience.